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Turnkey Asbestos Management Solutions

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 place an explicit duty on the owner and the employer in occupation of any property to manage any risk from asbestos in their premises.

Silverdell can help you administer all of your asbestos removal and asbestos management requirements – from inception to completion – through our comprehensive ‘turnkey’ asbestos management package.

Asbestos Management, Asbestos Removal Contractors

Asbestos Management, Asbestos Removal Contractors

We are specialists that work within environments as diverse as heavy industrial plants, city-centre office blocks, live retail outlets and listed buildings of historical importance, we have the skills to help you safely manage every aspect of asbestos in your property.

The key to managing asbestos is to assess the extent to which the property is contaminated by asbestos containing materials (ACMs). This is performed through a specialist asbestos survey, which identifies the location, type, volume and condition of any ACMs.

Silverdell help you to establish the nature of any asbestos contamination and develop a cost effective asbestos action plan that directly addresses the risks concerned. (more…)

Lancet Condemns Hypocritical Canada And Quebec Governments For Exporting Deadly Asbestos To Vulnerable Developing Countries

Friday, December 10th, 2010

In a World Report published Online First and in this week’s Lancet, the governments of both Canada and Québec are condemned by a number of anti-asbestos campaigners and the Canadian Medical Association for exporting asbestos to vulnerable developing countries. Lancet Editor Dr Richard Horton adds The Lancet’s voice to those calling on the Québec Government not to provide a loan guarantee to a consortium that will revive Canada’s currently dying asbestos exports for another 25 years. The World Report is written by Tony Kirby, Media Relations Manager at The Lancet.

For many years, Canada has been a major exporter of white asbestos or ‘chrysotile’, with other major exporters being Russia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. But in the past two decades, bans on chrysotile (in addition to those long in force for blue and brown asbestos) have existed, either in law or de facto, in many high-income countries, including the United Kingdom, which banned chrysotile in 1999, and Canada itself, which has not legally banned chrysotile but has a de facto ban. As such, more and more of Canada’s asbestos has been going to developing countries, where few or no protections exist and as such a time-bomb of deadly asbestos-related death and disease will continue to grow. Mesothelioma is a specific lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, and diagnosis is almost always a death sentence. In the UK, deaths from mesothelioma have climbed from 895 in 1990 to 2,249 in 2008, with no sign of declining, as the effects of workers’ exposure in the 1960s and 70s continue to manifest. Similar trends are occurring in other high-income nations.

Canada’s chrysotile resources have been dwindling. However, an Indian-led consortium (led by Montreal-based financier Baljit Chadha) is now planning to convert the recently closed Jeffrey Mine in Québec from open pit to underground, which would see Canada produce and export some 10% of the world’s asbestos again. Protests are going on in London (9 Dec), Québec, and Asian cities against the Québec and Canada governments to stop the loan guarantee being given. In London, a coalition of UK anti-asbestos groups are protesting against the reopening of the Jeffrey Mine outside Canada House, London, before handing in a petition to 10 Downing Street. In Québec, an Asian Delegation from affected importing countries (including Indonesia, India, Korea and Japan) is holding a number of public events and press conferences across the province.

Laurie Kazan-Allen, coordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) and producer of the British Asbestos Newsletter says: “For over a decade, we have been engaged in a David and Goliath battle with asbestos lobbyists, stakeholder governments and commercial interests. They maintain that asbestos can be used safely under controlled conditions, but we know this is wrong. A new asbestos mine in Québec would be an abomination.”

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Mitchells & Butlers fined £14,000 for asbestos failings

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Pub operator pleads guilty in HSE case

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has been fined £14,000 after building workers refurbishing one of its pubs were exposed to asbestos.

Work was being done to the vacant White Horse in Darlington in September 2007 when workers began drilling into the ceiling of a kitchen that contained asbestos tiles.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that M&B had surveyed the building for asbestos in June 2007 but that it had changed its refurbishment plans before work commenced and that those areas newly due for a refit had not been checked for the deadly material.

M&B was fined a total of £14,001 after pleading guilty at Bishop Auckland Magistrates’ Court to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The pub operator was also ordered to pay costs of £11,781.45.

M&B was also ordered to pay a separate ‘15 victim surcharge’, the proceeds of which will be spent on services for victims and witnesses.

The HSE also found that none of the workers involved in the refurbishment had been given asbestos awareness training and served four of the contractors hired by M&B with notice that they should provide such training.

HSE Inspector Victoria Wise said M&B knew asbestos was in the property and should have taken the necessary steps to exclude exposure to workers.

“Everyone who owns or operates commercial premises built prior to 2000 must ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment for asbestos has been carried out prior to any construction work starting,” she added.

After the judgment M&B apologised for not doing enough to ensure workers at the site were adequately protected from asbestos and said measures were now in place to prevent such an incident re-occurring.

Last week M&B posted a 26 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profits, on turnover of nearly £2bn.

(Source: The Publican)

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Asbestos work nets maximum H&S fine

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

A contractor to Norwich City Council was handed the maximum fine over health and safety breaches concerning asbestos removal.

East Anglian Construction, a subsidiary of Peter Colby Commercials, was fined £30,000 after it pleaded guilty to six charges of breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. Norwich City Council was also awarded its full costs of £10,203, a statement by the council said.

The charges related to two separate occasions in early 2007 and 2008 when employees of the company were carrying out work in Diamond House, Vulcan Road, Norwich – a property owned by Peter Colby Commercials.

While working on the property employees removed asbestos insulating board tiles from the ceilings, work which the company was not licensed to carry out.

“The magistrates clearly viewed this as a serious breach of the regulations,” Susan Thomas, a city council health and safety officer, said. “Six charges in total were laid and the maximum fine available to the court was made in each case.

“These were not trivial health and safety matters and I hope that others who may be thinking of acting in the same way think again. The dangers of working with asbestos are well known and have been for many years and those in control of premises should know what they are dealing with.”

(Source: FMWorld Online)

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Repeal of schools-building programme raises asbestos alarm

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme could increase the risk of children, teachers and support staff being exposed to asbestos, TUC union officials have warned.  Many existing school buildings are likely to contain asbestos, as they were built before 1970, when the material was in common use. As these buildings fall into disrepair, the risk of asbestos exposure increases significantly. (Source SHP Online 29.07.2010)

The number of teachers who have died from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma has increased by more than 300 per cent in the last 20 years, according to the TUC campaigners. More worryingly, they point out that children exposed to asbestos are five times more likely to develop mesothelioma than adult teachers in the same environment.
The TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group is further alarmed by the fact that many schools have spent little on maintenance, on the promise that they would be part of the previous Labour government’s BSF programme, which aimed to rebuild or renew nearly every secondary school in England.

(Source SHP Online 29.07.2010)
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The Group claims that new Education secretary Michael Gove’s decision to halt the BSF scheme has scuppered the plans of nearly 100 schools in the north of England (six in Cumbria and 93 in the North East) to move forward with a new-build programme.
As public spending is being squeezed, the Northern TUC Asbestos Campaign Group is calling for continued investment in school buildings to prevent asbestos exposure.
Kevin Rowan, regional secretary of the Northern TUC, said: “Many schools in the region are in a terrible state of disrepair. Teachers, governing bodies, pupils and parents have been waiting desperately for new building work to take place, to allow them to enjoy working and learning in a decent, safe and healthy environment.

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Silverdell UK scoop Aspire Defence Contractor of the Year 2009

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Silverdell UK were recently awarded the ADCW Trade Contractor of the Year for 2009, jointly with Houston Cox, for works delivered on the Aspire Defence contract at a ceremony held in Andover attended by over 200 people.

Project Allenby/Connaught, the MoD’s largest infrastructure Private Finance Initiative project has one simple mission – to make life better for nearly 19,000 soldiers by providing modern, high quality, fully serviced, purpose-built living and working accommodation.

Aspire Defence, a joint venture between Carillion and KBR is working on behalf of the MoD to deliver a construction programme which involves the new build or refurbishment of 541 buildings and the demolition of 447. New and refurbished single living accommodation buildings are being complemented by shops, cafes, bars and sports facilities.

Dave Rhodes, Silverdell’s Managing Director said’ “We are delighted to receive this recognition in our part to deliver asbestos solutions within the property portfolio. Aspire Defence has high expectations in terms of service delivery, efficiency, safety best practice, innovation and meeting agreed timescales consistently. This award is testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole team involved to respond to the exacting requirements of the contract.”

Michael Ward, Works Director for Aspire Defence Capital Works said: “Silverdell’s contribution to professionalism, safety and the environment has contributed to our overall performance in the last 12 months.  They have achieved a consistently high performance during the year in respect of service delivery and collaborative working. This annual event is an opportunity for us to recognise best practice, innovation and quality amongst our contractors.”

For further information about Silverdell UK please visit their website at www.silverdell.co.uk

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Health & Safety

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Silverdell has a strong commitment to Health and Safety as one of the leading licensed asbestos removal and remediation contractors. Silverdell were the first organisation in the asbestos industry to recognise the importance of internal auditing, procedures which have now become industry standard. We are accredited OHSAS 18001: 2007 and were one of the first asbestos contractors to achieve CHAS Accreditation. (more…)

Silverdell achieve Green Accord Status for Environmental commitment

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Silverdell have been awarded Green Accord Status with Exeter City Council for commitment to the environment. The Green accord is a unique green accreditation scheme working collaboratively with businesses to improve commitment towards sustainability and manage environmental responsibilities more effectively. (more…)